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Summer for Educators at UR

Summer is an ideal time for educators to catch up on licensure renewal requirements or pursue professional development opportunities. We offer credit-earning and noncredit learning opportunities for educators and school leaders, online and on the University of Richmond campus.

Summer Opportunities for Educators

Summer provides teachers and school leaders a little bit more time to advance their careers and work on relicensure requirements. As a result, we provide learning opportunities that meet scheduling and relicensure needs of Richmond-area educators.

Our programs for teachers include:

Graduate-level Professional Development Courses

  • Classes requested by local school divisions
  • Classes toward an add-in gifted endorsement
  • Electives on ESL and Special Education topics

Summer Teacher Institutes

Online noncredit classes in adult and online teaching

Graduate Degree Programs

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Graduate Classes

Register for graduate classes on the Professional Development for Educators page.

Professional Development - All

EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 15, 2017 through June 17, 2017
Instructor: Shaun Dance
CRN: 30192 (section: 04B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Online.
Description
Introduction to the American educational system. Explores the philosophical, sociological, historical, and political roots of schools today. Attention also given to the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations, school as an organization/culture, and contemporary issues in education.

EDUC 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
Monday, May 15, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Wednesday, May 17, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Tuesday, May 23, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Tuesday, May 30, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Monday, June 5, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Wednesday, June 7, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Tuesday, June 13, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Instructor: Susan Albaugh
CRN: 30187 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid. On-campus: Jepson 106.
Description
This course focuses on curriculum adjustments, methods and techniques, as well as classroom organization necessary for teaching gifted and talented students. Emphasis is on curriculum in gifted programs within the context of school reform and restructuring. Topics include development of learner outcomes, selection of resources, and classroom management.

EDUC 561U Perspectives in Gifted Education, Talent Development and Creativity
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 15, 2017 through June 17, 2017
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 30197 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Online.
Description
This course explores the concepts of Gifted Education, Talent Development and Creativity (GETDC), and examines their factors, measurement, and application to education. Topics include characteristics of creative individuals, barriers to creative productivity, strategies to increase creative and critical thinking, and teaching creativity in special populations of gifted learners.

EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
June 19, 2017 through July 22, 2017
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 30185 (section: R03)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Online.
Description
This course provides a critical survey of the research, issues, policy, ethics, and practices related to culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient, twice exceptional, highly gifted, or very young gifted and talented students. Includes examination of topics such as personal attitudes about diversity, identification of students from special populations, differentiated instruction for students from special populations.

EDUC 568U Successful Transition through Consultation and Collaboration
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 15, 2017 through June 17, 2017
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Patricia West
CRN: 30181 (section: R01)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid.
Description
This course is designed to prepare teacher candidates with the ability to prepare their students and work with families to provide successful student transitions throughout the educational experience. Additionally, teacher candidates will learn strategies for successful consultation, case management and collaboration for establishing an effective school environment, postsecondary training, employment, and independent living that address an understanding of long-term planning, career development, life skills, community experiences and resources, self-advocacy, and self-determination, guardianship and legal considerations.

EDUC 570U Talented and Gifted: Working with High Achievers
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 6-Week II (VI2)
July 5, 2017 through July 26, 2017
Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00 - 6:45 pm
Instructor: Susan Albaugh
CRN: 30173 (section: R03)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid. On-campus class sessions: Jepson 106.
Description
This course provides information on the history of exceptional students in relation to education, current law, and accepted methods for referral, assessment, and identification. It covers major program models and methods of differentiating instruction to meet the rate and level of learning of those students identified. The course gives the learner an understanding of ways to meet the affective needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular classroom and lists resources for teachers and parents who would like more information about the talented and gifted.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Trauma Informed Care: Response Able Paths to Grow Youth
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
Monday, June 26, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, June 27, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, June 28, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Erik Laursen
CRN: 30236 (section: 02H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid.
Description
The course examines the influence of toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences on psycho-social growth and brain development. Through reflection and practice, participants will learn response abilities to help students develop resilience and flourish. The course emphasizes relationships, character strengths, executive functions, and culture as pathways to become an intentional practitioner who focuses on positive outcomes for all children.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Working with English Learners (Praxis Test Prep Seminar Embedded)
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
Monday, July 10, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, July 11, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, July 12, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday, July 13, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday, July 14, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Laura Kuti
CRN: 30238 (section: 04H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid.
Description
This course will provide students with necessary information, practice, and application to prepare for the ETS PRAXIS Test: English to Speakers of Other Languages (test number 5362, the required test in Virginia to earn an add-on ESL endorsement). Content to be presented and practiced encompasses content categories of the assessment: Foundations of Linguistics, Foundations of Language Learning, Planning and Implementation of Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation, Culture, Professionalism and Advocacy.

EDUC 661U Instructional Leadership
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 6-Week II (VI2)
July 17, 2017 through July 27, 2017
Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Catherine Fisher
CRN: 30170 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. On-campus: North Court 105.
Description
This course emphasizes techniques of improving instruction through application of research on effective schools and models of instruction. Topics covered include foundations of leadership, leadership for curriculum instruction and assessment, leadership for supervision and professional development, leadership for communication and community partnerships, and leadership for organizational management.

Gifted Endorsement

EDUC 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
Monday, May 15, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Wednesday, May 17, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Tuesday, May 23, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Tuesday, May 30, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Monday, June 5, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Wednesday, June 7, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Tuesday, June 13, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Instructor: Susan Albaugh
CRN: 30187 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid. On-campus: Jepson 106.
Description
This course focuses on curriculum adjustments, methods and techniques, as well as classroom organization necessary for teaching gifted and talented students. Emphasis is on curriculum in gifted programs within the context of school reform and restructuring. Topics include development of learner outcomes, selection of resources, and classroom management.

EDUC 561U Perspectives in Gifted Education, Talent Development and Creativity
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 15, 2017 through June 17, 2017
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 30197 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Online.
Description
This course explores the concepts of Gifted Education, Talent Development and Creativity (GETDC), and examines their factors, measurement, and application to education. Topics include characteristics of creative individuals, barriers to creative productivity, strategies to increase creative and critical thinking, and teaching creativity in special populations of gifted learners.

EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
June 19, 2017 through July 22, 2017
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 30185 (section: R03)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Online.
Description
This course provides a critical survey of the research, issues, policy, ethics, and practices related to culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient, twice exceptional, highly gifted, or very young gifted and talented students. Includes examination of topics such as personal attitudes about diversity, identification of students from special populations, differentiated instruction for students from special populations.

EDUC 570U Talented and Gifted: Working with High Achievers
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 6-Week II (VI2)
July 5, 2017 through July 26, 2017
Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00 - 6:45 pm
Instructor: Susan Albaugh
CRN: 30173 (section: R03)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid. On-campus class sessions: Jepson 106.
Description
This course provides information on the history of exceptional students in relation to education, current law, and accepted methods for referral, assessment, and identification. It covers major program models and methods of differentiating instruction to meet the rate and level of learning of those students identified. The course gives the learner an understanding of ways to meet the affective needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular classroom and lists resources for teachers and parents who would like more information about the talented and gifted.

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Students in a Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP) class, EDUC 542U Teaching in Middle & Secondary Schools. Taught by Dr. Scott Bray, Assistant ...
Students in a Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP) class, EDUC 542U Teaching in Middle & Secondary Schools. Taught by Dr. Scott Bray, Assistant ...